Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org en GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-mary-barra-defends-general-counsel-congressional-hearing <p>Today brought the fourth appearance for General Motors and CEO Mary Barra before angry members of Congress.</p><p>This time a Senate subcommittee took a deeper dive into the ignition switch recalls and didn't like what it saw in GM's legal department.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton&nbsp;followed the event.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Samilton, GM's chief counsel Michael Millikin was in the "uncomfortable Senate spotlight" today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When senators asked why Millikin still kept his job, Barra&nbsp;said she "respectfully" disagreed with them, and she defended Millikin&nbsp;as a man of "incredibly high integrity."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She said Millikin&nbsp;"had a system in place." Unfortunately, in this instance "it wasn't brought to his attention."</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18419 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing The week in review: GM, a grand bargain, and pothole limbo http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-gm-grand-bargain-and-pothole-limbo <p></p><p>This&nbsp;<em>Week in Review,&nbsp;</em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss General Motor's CEO <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-says-pattern-incompetence-and-neglect-led-ignition-switch-debacle">Mary Barra's response </a>to the investigation of the faulty ignition&nbsp;switch recalls, what happens now for Detroit after the state agreed to give the city <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization">$195</a>&nbsp;million, and an update on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-about-fixing-michigan-roads">road funding</a>.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17893 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: GM, a grand bargain, and pothole limbo Attorney "stunned" and "skeptical" after GM admission of "incompetence and neglect" http://michiganradio.org/post/attorney-stunned-and-skeptical-after-gm-admission-incompetence-and-neglect <p>Dozens of people are suing General Motors over its ignition switch problem.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas attorney Bob Hilliard </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">represents about 70 families suing GM in a variety of state and federal courts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says his clients were “stunned” to hear GM CEO Mary </span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> admit the problem was a result of "incompetence and neglect."</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:18:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 17879 at http://michiganradio.org Attorney "stunned" and "skeptical" after GM admission of "incompetence and neglect" GM CEO Mary Barra says investigation revealed big flaws in ignition switch recall process http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-mary-barra-says-investigation-revealed-big-flaws-ignition-switch-recall-process <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We failed."</span></p><p>That was the painful self-assessment from General Motors today, as CEO Mary Barra unveiled the findings of an internal investigation into the automaker's ignition switch crisis.</p><p>The defective switches are linked to at least 13 deaths and 47 crashes over more than a decade.</p><p>Today&nbsp;Barra spoke to GM employees at a town hall meeting broadcast around the world.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton was at the town hall, and she joined us on today’s Stateside.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to our conversation with Tracy Samilton above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:31:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 17887 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO Mary Barra says investigation revealed big flaws in ignition switch recall process Documents detail another delayed GM recall http://michiganradio.org/post/documents-detail-another-delayed-gm-recall <div>DETROIT (AP) - Government documents show that <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't seek a recall of the 2004-2007 compact cars even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:20 +0000 Associated Press 17287 at http://michiganradio.org Documents detail another delayed GM recall GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two engineers have been put on paid leave at General Motors as the company has an outside attorney investigate why it took more than 10 years for GM to recall millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.</span></p><p>GM says the switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths.</p><p>More on the suspension of the engineers from the Associated Press:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:57:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17183 at http://michiganradio.org GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem Reporters weigh in on Mary Barra's Senate hearing interview http://michiganradio.org/post/reporters-weigh-mary-barras-senate-hearing-interview <p>It was day two on Capitol Hill for General Motors CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>Today, it was the Senate's turn to grill Barra about GM's failure to act on ignition-switch failures. The failures have been linked to 13 deaths and prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.</p><p>Here's what Barra said on Capitol Hill:</p><p>"When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers. While I can't turn back the clock, we acted without hesitation. We told the world we had a problem that needed to be fixed. We did so because whatever mistakes were made in the past, we will not shirk our responsibility. Today's GM will do the right thing."</p><p>Cynthia Canty spoke with David Shepardson and Michelle Krebs. Shepardson is the Detroit News Capitol reporter, and Krebs is a veteran auto analyst.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To listen to the full interview, click the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:00:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17081 at http://michiganradio.org Reporters weigh in on Mary Barra's Senate hearing interview Mary Barra might be the right CEO to steer GM through this crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/mary-barra-might-be-right-ceo-steer-gm-through-crisis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors is clearly now in a crisis which could be far worse than bankruptcy was five years ago – one that may threaten the very survival of what once was the world’s biggest corporation.</span></p><p>Gregg Harper, an obscure Republican congressman from Mississippi, spoke for America yesterday, when he and other congressmen were grilling GM’s new CEO.</p><p>“We don’t trust your company right now,” he told Mary Barra, who endured more than two hours of hostile questioning from the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.</p><p>What Harper thinks is what millions of Americans think.</p><p>Many of them stopped buying GM products long ago, tired of inferior quality and of being lied to by sales and service personnel.</p><p>They are like a man I know who bought a top-of-the line Buick in 1986, only to find the car afflicted with electrical problems the company couldn’t or wouldn’t fix. He traded it for a Honda Accord, and says he would never touch a General Motors car again.</p><p>He’s far from alone. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:27:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17072 at http://michiganradio.org Mary Barra might be the right CEO to steer GM through this crisis GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-old-gm-new-gm-and-mary-barra <p>Next week will bring a big test for new GM CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>She will present herself to Congress for a two-day grilling over the ever-growing ignition switch crisis, a problem that GM says is linked to 12 deaths.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes thinks Barra has a whole lot of heavy lifting to do to get this "new" GM out of the shadow of the missteps of the "old" GM. He joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 17002 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/defective-ignition-switches-are-creating-crisis-general-motors <p>Last month, General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes.</p><p>That has grown into that biggest crisis GM has faced in years, and an early and severe test for its new chief, Mary Barra.</p><p>Yesterday she released a <a href="http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0317-video.html">video </a>making a public apology:</p><blockquote><p>“Something went wrong with our process in this instance and terrible things happened. As a member of the GM family and as a mom with a family of my own, this really hits home for me. And we have apologized. But that is just one step in the journey to resolve this.”</p></blockquote><p>Also yesterday, the automaker announced another recall: more than 1.7 million vehicles in three new campaigns.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:08:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16885 at http://michiganradio.org Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/mary-barra-finds-herself-navigating-crisis-general-motors <p>During the long and agonizing Watergate scandal, the endless question was: What did he know, and when did he know it? That referred to President Richard Nixon, and the break-in and cover-up at the Democratic National Headquarters.</p><p>In the end, it turned out Nixon had known a lot, right from the start, which is how he became our only President ever forced from office.</p><p>Well, now people are beginning to ask: What did she know and when did she know it? Except the arena is not politics, but the auto industry, specifically, the reborn General Motors.</p><p>This time, the chief executive is a woman, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra">Mary Barra</a>, the first woman ever to lead a major car company.</p><p>Three months ago, many of us were stunned and delighted when she was appointed. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:10:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16870 at http://michiganradio.org Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors Does anyone really deserve more than a million dollars a month? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-anyone-really-deserve-more-million-dollars-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If I could have dinner with any corporate executive, I’d choose </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Barra</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who I think is fascinating.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She rose through the ranks of the highly macho culture at General Motors to become its first female CEO. And she didn’t do it as a transplanted financial expert, but as the first honest-to-goodness automotive engineer to lead the company in more than 20 years.</span></p><p>Were she male, she’d be called a “car guy” by the press.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:03:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16391 at http://michiganradio.org Does anyone really deserve more than a million dollars a month? Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-auto-industry-cited-often-president-obamas-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s auto industry figured prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.</p><p></p><p>He started by talking about a hard-working auto worker building fuel-efficient vehicles and helping America wean itself off foreign oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president then introduced the new CEO of General Motors, who was sitting with the First Lady. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16224 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech Reporter's notebook: No one crushed during new GM CEO's first scrum http://michiganradio.org/post/reporters-notebook-no-one-crushed-during-new-gm-ceos-first-scrum <p>Media had their first chance to see General Motor's new CEO Mary Barra in action Sunday night.&nbsp; Barra introduced the new GMC Canyon.</p><p>Afterwards, she went through&nbsp;the&nbsp;trial by fire known as a media scrum, her first.&nbsp; Barra was surrounded on almost all sides by a huge crowd of reporters.&nbsp; Her&nbsp;GM handlers made sure&nbsp;her back was to a&nbsp;truck, to give her an exit strategy.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:04:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 15989 at http://michiganradio.org Reporter's notebook: No one crushed during new GM CEO's first scrum Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air' http://michiganradio.org/post/outgoing-gm-ceo-dan-akerson-says-theyve-been-trying-fix-airplane-while-air <p>Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson spoke to the National Press Club this afternoon cataloging all the changes the company has made to make it profitable once again.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Treasury sold the last of its holdings in the company earlier this month. The government said they lost about $10 billion on its bailout of over $49 billion.</span></p><p>Akerson said over the last four years, the company has invested more than $10 billion in its U.S. operations, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">$1.27 billion announced today</a>.</p><p>"There's that $10 billion again. But we're investing it - that will keep paying dividends to the American public that supported this company in its darkest hour," said Akerson.&nbsp;</p><p>Akerson said the company is still in the early chapters of the comeback story and that they still have a lot to prove to people who left the brand for other car companies.</p><p>Akerson&nbsp;will step down as CEO on January 15, 2014.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Akerson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was with the Carlyle Group prior to taking the helm at GM in 2010.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The global auto industry will see its first female CEO when Marry </span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes over in January.</span></p><p>You can watch Akerson's&nbsp;address to the National Press Club below:</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:34:49 +0000 Mark Brush 15716 at http://michiganradio.org Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air' With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/weeks-announcements-there-new-future-michigans-auto-industry <p>It’s been a big week for Michigan’s auto industry.</p><p>A report from Business Leaders for Michigan revealed a plan to bring <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20131212/NEWS/131219951/business-leaders-for-michigan-unveils-strategy-to-grow-auto-industry">100,000 automotive jobs</a> to the sector. And General Motors announced the next CEO of the company will be Mary Barra. She’ll be the first female CEO in the car industry.</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist from The Detroit News, talks with us about this week’s announcements.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:05:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 15661 at http://michiganradio.org With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry?